Galapagos Islands - Share your photos of Darwin's Wonder

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  1. Junca
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    It is almost impossible to take a bad photo in the Galapagos Islands. It is a truly specatular place. It was a hard choice to make - deciding on a handful to share. But am looking forward to all the spectacular photos others on MP have to share. (And I hope I have the place names correct!?) Resolution was greatly reduced for online viewing, but hope they come through ok.

    South Plaza.

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    Isla Isabela Punta Moreno

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    Sombrero Chino

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    San Cristobal Marina

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    Kicker Rock

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  2. Junca
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    And ... Some ... Birds

    Albatross pair

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    Blue footed booby

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    Frigate birds

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    Galapagos Dove

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    Cormorant -- i wanna be able to fly! (they, obviously, have atrophied wings)

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    It is one of my dreams to visit the galapagos! These pictures are great. When did you make the trip? Any tips for someone planning on making the journey?
     
  4. Junca
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    Oh boy. I'd have to think about that. I went in 2005. It was overwhelming deciding on which company to go with (went on a sailboat). It also tends to be a rather expensive place to travel, but I figured it was a tremendous once in a lifetime trip.

    There are very many options, but I would not recommend going on a larger vessel. I believe it was a maximum of 16 people per guide - and you have to have a guide to get on many of the islands. Some companies say they are "small group" (or small boat) but have 30-50 people. That is NOT a small group for Galapagos. I was on a sailboat with 14 -- recounted it was 12 -- people (I went with a group of 4). The sailboat was lovely, but we didn't sail very much and went much slower motoring than other type boats. So, the first suggestion I can think of is to go with as small a group as possible. I don't have alot of knowledge of how you can do this "on your own." It is a place that is getting loved-to-death, so to speak, so maybe go sooner than later! (of course, I'd go everywhere I want to go sooner than later :D).
     
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    I've been wanting to go for years... .should have done it when I had money a few years back. Oh well, always good to have places on your 'desire' list. [​IMG]
     
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    We went in August 2008.It is much better in real life than any documentary.Although you are meant to stay clear of the wildlife they dont stay clear of you.So first a pair of Blue footed boobies doing their courting virtually at my feet-
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    Later that day it was the gannets-
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    We even discovered a snake-
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    It soon became the hunted-
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    And this fellow made it clear I had to move
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    So he could take off-
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    But nature is also cruel-a male killed this chick in front of me,the distressed mother is coming fast
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    Photos all taken with an 8MP Sony point and shoot.
     
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    We went on a 16 pax boat the Athala 2.very comfortable-
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    Though occasionally we picked up an extra pax-
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    Really clear waters-
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    beautiful sunsets-
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    And scenery-
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    So go.
     
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